The following economic awareness entry is based on short-term events and therefore should not be taken as information towards making investment decisions, which are of a long-term nature. It is only meant to provide clarity regarding current economic events, as there is often a large degree of incorrect information dispersed through the media or other sources.
Economic Awareness: Stocks Take Summer Break, Month Remains Strong
Stocks took a breather last week as investors digested the previous week’s surge and the month-to-date solid gains.
The stock market drifted lower last week as the tug-of-war between bulls and bears played out in a week that was light on market-moving news.
After falling in the first days of a holiday-shortened trading week, stocks rebounded on Thursday to recover some of the week’s losses. Stocks looked past Congressional testimony by Fed Chair Powell, who said two more rate hikes are likely in the wake of interest rate hikes by central bankers in the U.K., Switzerland, Norway, and Turkey.
The retreat continued into Friday, fueled by global growth fears from new economic data indicating more robust economic slowdowns in the eurozone, Japan, and Australia.
Housing Sentiment Improves
Home builders' confidence edged into positive territory for the first time in 11 months, aided by strong demand, low inventory, and a recovering supply chain. May’s new home sales, which rose 21.7%–the most significant percentage gain since October 2016, validated this confidence. The number of new home starts in May (1.63 million) hit a 13-month high, with both single- and multi-family homes up substantially.4,5
Sales of existing homes in May rose 0.2% month-over-month while declining 20.4% from a year ago. The existing home market continues to suffer from low inventory and still-high prices. The median price of a home sold in May declined 3.1% year-over-year to $396,100.6
This Week: Key Economic Data
Tuesday: Durable Goods Orders. New Home Sales.
Thursday: Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Jobless Claims.
Friday: Personal Income and Outlays. Consumer Sentiment.
Source: Econoday, June 23, 2023
This Week: Companies Reporting Earnings
Tuesday: Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (WBA).
Wednesday: Micron Technology, Inc. (MU), General Mills, Inc. (GIS).
Thursday: Nike, Inc. (NKE), McCormick & Company, Inc. (MKC)
Source: Zacks, June 23, 2023
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When a household starts a business, couples find themselves learning about the tax responsibilities related to that business. There are some things to consider when working together.
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Eat This, Not That: Easy Food Swaps Anyone Can Do
Eating healthier doesn’t have to be hard! You might not have to make any significant changes to your current diet! You can cut the bad stuff by swapping out unhealthy options for healthier picks and still enjoy your meal. Here are some of our favorite food swaps:
Many healthy swaps like these can help you reduce your caloric intake, consume less sugar, and make it easy to create a more balanced meal.
You hold 3 U.S. coins in your hand. None of them are dimes, pennies, or quarters. They total 60¢. What 3 coins do you have in hand?
Last week’s riddle: A major league pitcher faces just 27 hitters in a baseball game. He retires all of them, allowing no runs and no hits. Still, his team loses the game 4-0. How is this possible? Answer: He was a relief pitcher.
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Footnotes and Sources
2. The Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2023.
3. The Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2023.
4. National Association of Home Builders, June 19, 2023
5. Reuters, June 20, 2023.
6. CNBC, June 22, 2023.
7. IRS.gov, February 22, 2023
8. EatThis.com, February 15, 2023
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